How good is your roof?

If you’re like millions of other American homeowners, then you might need to have your roof replaced. You probably have asphalt shingles - that's the most common roofing material.  You could choose another asphalt roof,  but perhaps you’re looking for a roof replacement that is going to last - materials that were built with your home in mind and that can stand up better to the Minnesota weather elements because they were engineered to do so. Before you head out on the journey to have your asphalt roof replaced, consider these things before you make the decision on what to do.

How Durable Are Asphalt Shingles?

While asphalt roofing technology has improved, asphalt shingles are actually not as durable as they can be, not when compared to metal roofing. If one of your major considerations is something that is able to last a long time, you might want to go with a relatively new residential roofing product that is more cost effective in the long run - metal. Metal roofing is durable enough to withstand the many serious weather conditions we get here in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.  Metal roofing can provide you with the ultimate in protection for you and your home. And it lasts much longer than asphalt roofing - up to four times as long.  That being said, there are some benefits to have an asphalt roof, as well.

Are Asphalt Shingles Reliable?

When you compare them to some other roofing options, asphalt shingles are not that reliable in the face of our Minnesota climate.  Metal withstands many different weather elements such as heavy snow, hail, and wind-driven rain to provide you with the reliable coverage you need. This also means less repairs that need to be paid for, so you can spend your hard-earned cash on something more enjoyable.

How Sustainable Are Asphalt Roofing Materials

Where are your asphalt shingles going to go once they are removed from your roof? Will they they just be thrown out in a landfill and then forgotten? Asphalt does not easily break down, and it's not recyclable.  This is something that you have to consider if the environment is of concern for you. When you choose to go with a metal roof , keep in mind that it is made from a high percentage of recycled material.  And your roof itself will eventually be recycled.  Finally,  if you choose to replace your asphalt roof with a metal one, your old roof most likely won't need to be torn off and disposed of.   That means if you choose metal roofing instead of asphalt, for many reasons you're doing your part to help protect our environment.

Whichever type of roofing you select when it's time to replace your asphalt roof, we're here to help you make an informed choice for your home.  You can choose from many styles and colors of asphalt roofing materials from CertainTeed and GAF/Elk. We also have metal roofing options available for those that are interested in making the switch over but being able to keep the look of shingles, while providing the home with the benefits of a metal roof. Speak with us here at Quarve, your licensed Minneapolis/ St. Paul roofing contractor. We are able to come and assess the situation and ensure that you get a roof put on your home.  For a free inspection and estimate, call us at 763.785.1472.